March 31, 2008
I guess this really shouldn’t have come as a shock, I mean I’ve noticed an increase in media center PC’s all around, it’s just that well, this ones from Russound. What’s so special about a media center PC from Russound you ask? Aside from the optional dual cable-card tuner slots, LifeWare customized Ultimate Vista Media center software (which gives the ability to control LifeWares home automation control suite), up to two terabytes of internal storage, wireless RF keyboard and remote control, it’s the very fact that Russound has stamped their name on the thing that I find most interesting.
The Russound brand is stalwart among many custom installation businesses, many of these integrators look to Russound for proven solutions to their needs. The very fact that Russound offers a media center PC adds legitimacy to the entire HTPC space and probably fills a chasm for integrators looking to offer a HTPC but one from a reliable, established industry partner.
It’s tough (for me at least) to look at Russound offering a media center and then discount the notion that media centers will become mainstream. It may not happen immediately and they might not even resemble what we’d call a “HTPC” but in my estimation this is writing on the digital-wall. Traditional media and media playback devices are about to get a lot less traditional.